Saturday, July 19, 2014

Color Blocked Simple Hello

Hello Friends! I have  another of the cards I made during the Virtual Card Making Party to share. This is one I created for the 'Colorful Background' challenge hosted by Beth at BunnyScrap. One of the options was to use scrap papers so I decided to dip into my scrap box, which is actually just a small 10" x 6" box these days. When I first starting making cards I had lot of scraps stored in large ziplock bags. They were pretty organized but no matter what I seldom seemed to make a dent in them. Somewhere along the way I started to realize that not only was I not really using them but often just the sight of those scrap bags put a damper on my mojo. I think I had the subconscious feeling that I shouldn't reach for anything new when all those scraps were just waiting to be used up. Ironically after switching to just one small box I find I use them much more readily and every now and then I'll go through it and toss everything that's smaller than 4.25 x 5.5 which leaves the box ready for some new scrap selections. Though it wasn't my main goal I am certain I throw away less now than I did before.

I think there are a few die-cuts out on the market to help you easily created a color block styled pattern but I cut these pieces by hand with the help of a ruler and a little patience to trim them down. The 'Bubble' die is a fairly new one for me that is made by WeR and is part of a line of individual dies they currently have on the marker. I'm pretty sure I found this one on an end cap displays at JoAnn's. This Hello sentiment is an old one in my collection and I not certain where it's from but I've always likes the bold, casual style it has.

I'll be back to share a couple of other cards form the VCMP in the next week or two.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Things with Wings ODBD Challenge

Hello Friends! It feels like I blinked once and another week has gone by. Though I just finally got to taking photos today I did create a few more cards for last weekends Virtual Card Making Party. One of them was this month's Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge "Things with Wings". I'm glad that this was one I decided to tackle since we still have two more to go to make the 50 card milestone which gets sponsored shipping for two large boxes of cards.

This card actually started with a printed paper from Stampin Up (Pocket Full of Posies) and if you look closely you'll see that I added a couple of branches and the red bird with the Stampin Up bird punch. It'a bit of an unusual approach for me but it actually creates a card that looks a lot more intricate than it is. I'm not sure where the sentiment is from but it was simple enough to fussy cut and I thought it worked well for these birds.

Happy Crafting!


STAMPS: Thanks You Sentiment in Bubble (?)
INK: Sepia Brown (Versafine)
PAPER: Sytampin up Pocket Full of Posies & Print Poetry
OTHER: Bird/Branch Punch (Stampin Up), Fishtail Flagstax (MFT)
BASICS: Click HERE to check out my crafting tool bag.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Out of Practice - OWH Virtual Card Making Party

Hello Friends!

There is a Virtual Card Making Party that's bee taking place all weekend over at the OWH Stars & Stamps Blog. As is always the case in the VCMPs there are loads of great challenges and inspiration as you visit a new host every 2 hours. I've been checking in regularly and managed to unpack some supplies yesterday to have a go at making a few cards and the only thing I can say is boy oh boy am I out of practice! LOL. I haven't been doing much crafting lately and it shows. I did manage to turn out this one that I liked, for the Red, White & Blue Birthday card challenge hosted by Lori's Kreations.

Birthday Sentiments stamps by My Favorite Things

I have a pretty full trash bin but I'm not giving up and hope to get at least a few more challenge cards made today. If you haven't already checked them out, head on over to the VCMP Master List at the Stars & Stamps Blog, whether you decide to join in and create or to just visit all the hosts and be inspired by all the great cards you don't want to miss it.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Watercolor Paintings

Hello Friends!

I don't have a card to share today. As a matter of fact it's been a couple of weeks since I last managed to do anything crafty. I can't lie, as much as I really miss crafting I'm finding it hard to balance things. I really need to find a way. At any rate, I mentioned in my last post how much I was enjoying seeing everyone share their 'watercolor' creations and that it inspired me to get out my watercolor pencils to color that sweet Great Impressions image. 

I painted watercolors for quite some time. Though I occasionally did pieces as large as 20"x30" the vast majority of my work was much smaller. Mostly I painted as a hobby, but not unlike my card making I soon found myself with a LOT of paintings stacking up and I decided to clean out by selling them. I was actually pleasantly surprised to ultimately sell them all (except for a couple I couldn't part with) and to be able to pocket a several hundred dollars too. Here are a few that I thought I'd share with you.

Nantucket Cottage 8" x 10"
Tulips 12" x 18"
Laundry Day 5" x 7"

Red Striped Awnings 8"x 10"

Sunflower 20" x 30"

I imagine that some day I may lay down my scissors and tape gun and head back to painting watercolors. Interestingly, I firmly believe when/if I do the time I spent crafting and card making will have only made me better since creating is, in my opinion, a never-ending, intertwined road where practice in one area makes you better in others.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

OWH Great Impressions Blog Hop

Hello Friends! Today it's my pleasure to be participating in the OWH Great Impressions Blog Hop. Great Impressions has created a line of fundraiser stamps to benefit OWH and I know you're going to really enjoy seeing the stamps in action on today's hop.

This is a traditional hop which means you can find the start over at the 
and then follow the links in each post to your next stop.

As you can see I've adjusted the sketch to create a space for the sentiment. While I could have placed it in the upper left corner area and stayed true to the sketch I thought it might take attention away from the sweet image so I did what I recommend you also do whenever you're using a sketch and it's not working as well as you want it to...improvise.

Missing You set by Great Impressions • Paper - Simple Stories, Color Vibe 2
Sunflower Die - My Favorite Things

I've been very inspired by all the amazing watercolor art that so many have been sharing lately, so I decided to dig out my watercolor pencils and use them to color this image. I don't actually color the image directly but instead use the fine point of my brush (#5 size) dipped in water and then rubbed against the pencil point to pull off some color. While I don't use watercolors often in my card making it's one of my all-time favorite mediums and years ago I painted and sold many pieces. If I find some time I may hunt down a few samples and share them in a future post. Stay tuned.

That's it for me today now it's time for you to head on over to your next stop

Happy Crafting!
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